“Our examination…uncovered no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health,” states a blistering 266-page report released today by Concerned Health Professionals of New York and the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Drawing on news investigations, government assessments and more than 1,200 peer-reviewed research articles, the study finds that fracking – shooting chemical-laden fluid into deep rock layers to release oil and gas – is poisoning the air, contaminating the water and imperiling the health of Americans across the country. “Fracking is the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” says Dr. Sandra Steingraber, one of the report’s eight co-authors, a biologist who has worked as a public health advocate on issues like breast cancer and toxic incinerators. “Those of us in the public health sector started to realize years ago that there were potential risks, then the industry rolled out faster than we could do our science.” In recent years, the practice has expanded from rural lands to backyards, farms, and within sight of schools and sources of drinking water. “Now we see those risks have turned into human harms and people are getting sick,” says Steingraber. “And we in this field have a moral imperative to raise the alarm.”
Beaverkill Covered Bridge Restoration
Catskill Mountainkeeper was a key community partner in advocating for the restoration of the iconic Beaverkill Covered Bridge, which was showcased in this really great article from the April 2018 issue of New York State Conservationist Magazine.
Mountainkeeper: DRBC misleads public with underreported comment numbers
National environmental organizations, anti-fracking groups, community organizations, and residents announced today (April 10) that their members had submitted at least 40,000 comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) in support of a full ban on fracking and all drilling-related activities, including wastewater treatment and water withdrawals. The coalition also submitted a letter signed by 126 groups, representing millions of members, making the same demand.
New York moving to protect private forests, support forest products industry
March 19, 2019
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today highlighted Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed Empire Forest for the Future Initiative (EFFI) at Forestry Awareness Day, an event hosted by the Empire State Forest Products Association at the State Capital. EFFI is a multi-part program under Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2018-19 Executive Budget with the goal of protecting and enhancing the health, quality, and sustainability of trees and forests across New York State.
‘The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and CancerShare
The Catskill Park Coalition is calling for volunteers for day of advocacy Print
January 22, 2018
ARKVILLE — Since 2013, the Catskill Center, Catskill Mountainkeeper and the Catskill Park Coalition have annually led groups of volunteers in a day of Catskills advocacy in Albany. The goal is to meet with as many of the 214 New York State legislators as possible on Feb. 6.
The day will be spent discussing the needs of the Catskill Park, Catskill Forest Preserve and our Catskill communities and presenting legislators with the 2018 budget priorities, as they have been determined by the Catskill Park Coalition.
This year, we’ll be asking for a Catskill Park Funding Package of $14,350,000 to be included in the 2018 state budget.
Catskill Mountainkeeper: transforming the energy landscape
January 17, 2018
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper has been one of the chief agents of change in the region’s energy landscape, via their RenewableNY program, which ains to demonstrate that a clean and prosperous future built around efficiency and renewables is well within reach. The cornerstone of this program is the Solar Outreach Initiative.Read more
FERC Denies Constitution Pipeline Petition
By Allison Dunne
January 12, 2018
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dealt a blow to Constitution Pipeline Thursday, rejecting the company’s petition that asked FERC to find that New York state wrongly denied the project a key permit. The pipeline company plans to fight the decision.
Constitutoin Pipeline Suffers Another Setback
ALBANY -- The Constitution Pipeline project is once again on hold after its petition was denied Thursday by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission.
After being denied permits at the state level last year, the Constitution Pipeline had attempted to have the decision overturned on a federal level.
The company trying to build the controversial natural-gas pipeline that would run through the Southern Tier and into the Catskills had filed a petition to build the 124- mile long pipeline.
Community Solar Projects Booming in Mid-Hudson
From today's Times Herald Record
“There was a barrier to community solar in the past because you couldn’t get any sort of financial incentive for participating,” said Katherine Nadeau of the Livingston Manor nonprofit Catskill Mountainkeeper, which is helping locals sign up with solar farms. “If you produced more solar energy than you used, there was no way to sell the energy back to the grid.”
To learn more and sign up to go solar, visit renewableny.org
Draft Regs To Be Prepped To Ban Fracking In Delaware River Basin
Source: WAMC Northeast Report by Allison Dunne
September 15, 2017
Governors of New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania have approved a resolution to issue draft regulations to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. Environmentalists and the natural gas industry criticized the resolution, for different reasons.Read more